14 January 2012
Other crags are available
Honestly though Almscliff is pretty great on a still, sunny, winter-belter and today was one of those. At 12.20 I could wait for it to warm the ice no more and I drove up to the Cliff. There were no clouds in the sky, I checked twice. First I ran into Dean and a couple of his mates who were bothering Hanging Rib it warmed me up but didn't massage my ego, I was finding crimping tough.
Bryn and Stu arrived with Cosmo and they warmed through on Low Man Slab. After that I persuaded them to spot me on South Cave Arete this year's first project. Three goes and no progress and then Rachael arrived with the boys.
I walked down and back with two excited children and we had a little bimble around. Stu and Bryn getting up the Wall of the cave via that big jug, the boys commando crawling under barbed wire fences. I had another go at SCA and this time progress by slapping further up the runnel, where I managed to get a pinch of sorts due to cold weather super friction. One mighty press and heave later and it was in the bag and a good start to the campaign for this year.
The boys did a few problems and Bryn bothered MK wall, but it bothered him back. Then we wandered off to claim a geocache as Rachael returned from her run. As the temperature dropped back below zero we retreated but I have got that deep golden sun in my head as I write this. Maybe February won't beat me up mentally this year.
Posted by Dave Prince
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Dave has been climbing rocks for as long as he can remember, odd then that he isn't better at it. He lives in Harrogate as he can't afford to live any closer to Almscliff. He is hoping to get up Pebble Wall before his middle aged knees give out.
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